More funding support for coastal councils now open

The latest round of funding under the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is now open with more opportunities for councils to protect their local beaches and coastal wetlands.

View of Illawarra coastline from Sublime Point lookout in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said coastal councils are encouraged to apply for funding to assist with planning and managing local coastlines and estuaries.

“From Tweed Heads to Bega, we’ve listened to councils and opened the latest round of grants to support the state’s coastline, today and in the future,” Mrs Hancock said.

“These grants will help councils plan for the future and protect these unique natural assets which contain native flora and fauna, and are popular places for recreation.”

Work funded under the program includes coastal dune revegetation, wetland management and water quality monitoring, as well as scoping studies.

Councils can also apply for up to $500,000 in funding to assist with exempt activities that are low risk actions and therefore do not need to be in a certified plan.

Exempt activities include beach scraping, dune stabilisation, littoral rainforest regeneration, beach access point management, and restoring natural defences to coastal and estuarine hazards.

Mrs Hancock said the funding program aims to increase the resilience of coastal communities and implement actions that improve the health of the state’s coastline.

“It’s another example of how the NSW Government is supporting councils and their communities to protect their local environment,” Mrs Hancock said.

The 2021-22 funding round for implementation grants closes on 17 August 2021.

Councils can apply at any time during the 2021–22 financial year for funding towards planning and studies.

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